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WSC and Thinkabit Labs Offer Summer CTF Workshops for High School Girls

Monday, April 16, 2018  
Posted by: Mari Galloway
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WSC and Virginia Tech Thinkabit Lab Offer Summer Capture the Flag Workshops for High School Girls

Cyberjutsu Girls Academy Capture the Flag Workshops will be held at the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech in Falls Church, VA

Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean learning about cybersecurity has to stop! The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) and Cyberjutsu Girls Academy (CGA) are excited to announce a new series of “Capture the Flag” (CTF) Workshops for Summer 2018 in collaboration with and held at the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech. Located at Virginia Tech’s Falls Church, Virginia, location, the Thinkabit Lab is a combination of an engineering lab, makerspace and innovative learning space for participants of all backgrounds and age groups.

CTFs are a kind of cybersecurity competitions, and they are offered for adult professionals, college students, and high school students. Most CTFs for high schoolers are “Jeopardy style” events that present a series of questions for teams to answer in such categories as cryptography, forensics, web applications, and reverse engineering. These competitions are a great way for high schoolers to challenge themselves and learn more about cybersecurity while having fun. The workshops are consistent with CGA’s mission to increase girls’ competency and confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The CGA CTF workshops will run from May through August and are designed to provide foundational skills needed to compete in CTFs. After the workshops, we plan to organize opportunities throughout the year for interested high schoolers to participate as a CGA team in CTF competitions run by other organizations. The workshops are designed for high school-aged girls, but middle schoolers with prior programming experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Dates and topics:

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Introduction to Programming and Linux)
  •  Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Cryptography and Forensics)
  •  Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Web Applications)
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Reverse Engineering)

Apply today by submitting your application here.

The cost to attend $100.00 which includes lunch, snacks, and materials. Scholarships are available upon request. Select financial aid below.

Have questions? email us at INFO@CYBERJUTSUGIRLS.ORG

To learn more about the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech, visit www.Thinkabit.Tech or send an email to


Founded in 2012, The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a Northern Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. WSC’s mission is to advance women in cybersecurity careers by providing programs and partnerships that promote networking, education, training, mentoring, resource-sharing and other professional opportunities.

WSC serves thousands of women across the globe by bringing awareness to and advancing careers in cybersecurity. The WSC community includes information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists and engineers, as well as women wanting to explore and join the field. Recognizing the importance of encouraging girls to embrace a future in STEM-related professions, through its Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, WSC provides a unique hands-on curriculum focused on securing information technology.


Created in 2016, the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at Virginia Tech introduced more than 5000 students, teachers, parents and other community members to the computing and engineering foundations of IoT (Internet of Things) and Smart Cities initiatives in its first year (see  With an added focus on technical career exploration, Thinkabit Lab staff work with teachers and school leaders to build the future workforce for an increasing global and technology-driven workplace.  All Virginia Tech Thinkabit Lab instructors are licensed Virginia teachers, representing expertise in Biology, Career Education, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Math, Project-based and Problem-based Learning, and Technology Education.